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Battery drainage battery drains overnight.I have put three new batteries in this car and it still drains.something is draining battery.

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Hi. I would take this acr into a vw agent. There are some software updates that could cure this. A long term current draw test would need to be done to then see which circuit is causing the current draw.

Posted on May 22, 2014

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SOURCE: electric fans runs after car is shut off, drains battery

Having the fan run on for a bit after the engine has stopped is not abnormal in itself, but 20 minutes sounds excessive.

If the fan does eventually shut off, I'd consider changing the thermoswitch (this is a sensor screwed into the radiator somewhere near the bottom, with a pair of wires connected to it - to change it, you'll need to drain the cooling system).

If the fan stays on continuously until the battery is completely flat, see what happens when you unplug the wires from the thermoswitch. If this stops the fan, you need to replace the thermoswitch. If it doesn't, then you need to examine the wiring associated with the switch and the fan, looking for damaged insulation.

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Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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SOURCE: battery drain

650 milliamp is too much. The Beetles had problems with the microswitches in the door latches that tell the convienience module if the doors are opened or closed. If it doesn't see the right signal the computer wont go into sleep mode an it will stay powered up draining the battery. VW techs can check the output of these switches to see if they are working right with their scan tools.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Radiator fan stayed on and drained the battery, why?

I would venture to guess that, based on past experience, that the problem is more likely to be the thermo-switch in the radiator. Find what looks like a large plug in the lower part of the radiator it will have two electrical jacks. If you test this with a meter and there is continuity when cold, there lies the problem. If not then i would suspect a fused relay (pricier to buy). You would find it located just above the fuses... Hope this helps...;-)

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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SOURCE: battery drain

My wife's 2001 Jetta TDI had the same problem. First we changed the battery. (It was just about due anyway) No change. We then traced the power drain to the in-trunk mounted CD changer. This was an aftermarket CD changer but we went to the same source that the VW dealership uses. Of course one blames the other. The CD changer was even replaced with no change. If we are not using the car for long trips we unplug the CD changer and no more dead battery! Neither the VW dealer nor the AV installer could give us a good working solution to this problem.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: I have VW Polo 1.4 (1999). The car was running

Try to check the battery maybe your battery is over use or you need to replace the battery or check your alternator and check the fuse of the car.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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What is draining the battery


Someone will need to disconnect the battery and check each circuit for a drain. You may need a shop manual to get the wiring diagrams to check every circuit.

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My car is draining battery even with ignition and light off


That means that you have a parasitic drain, that can be caused by a short or by a defective device.

First try to understand if there is a parasitic drain.

Once you exclude the drain, replace the battery, a battery with shorted cells can cause the drain.

To measure drainage remove ignition key, connect the amp meter between the battery positive wire connector and positive terminal.A couple of milliamps drainage is normal, and is caused by instruments, car stereo memory, ECU etc.
Start removing more fuses , and open the wiring at different points , trying to locate the problem.
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Also check car stereo and car amp HU, the HU can keep a unit on when the ignition key is off, causing drainage.


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'04 Chrysler Pacifica battery won't hold a charge for long. Sometimes it will be fine for months and then not start. Other times it won't last more than a day. I was thinking it must be a parasitic drain...


First try to understand if there is a parasitic drain.

Once you exclude the drain, replace the battery, a battery with shorted cells can cause the drain.


The firmware has nothing to do with drainage, unless the unit is factory defective.

To measure drainage remove ignition key, connect the amp meter between the battery positive wire connector and positive terminal.A couple of milliamps drainage is normal, and is caused by instruments, car stereo memory, ECU etc.
Start removing more fuses , and open the wiring at different points , trying to locate the problem.
Remove the fuses and see if you have drain by connecting a meter to read amps on battery, if you have drain with no fuse, then the problem is insulated to wiring harness before the fuse, with something shorted between the battery and the fuseblock.
Also check car stereo and car amp HU, the HU can keep a unit on when the ignition key is off, causing drain.


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